Site of Walnut Hill

Site of Walnut Hill, home of Kingsport’s first permanent resident Col. Gilbert Christian in 1775. He originally settled in 1761 and vowed to return one day. He assembled an 850-acre plantation at the mouth of Reedy Creek that spanned from Netherland Inn to today’s Church Circle, including lands on Long Island itself. He built a large log home where he lived the rest of his life. The John Lynn, Sr. family occupied the home from 1814-1846, then Dr. James H. Vance, M.D. in 1846.